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Paul originally studied modern and medieval languages at Clare College, Cambridge, graduating in 1980 with a degree in French and Spanish. He is an MA of the University. He completed the Diploma in Law at City University, London and ‘Bar Finals’ at the Inns of Court School of Law. He was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in November 1982.
Since 1988 Paul has predominantly specialised in contentious and non-contentious construction law, though he also undertakes some property and personal injury work. He advises across a broad range of construction disputes, both under standard form contracts (including bonds and guarantees) and under less formal arrangements. His practice includes matters under The Party Wall Etc. Act 1996 and professional negligence claims against construction professionals. Paul also undertakes non-contentious construction work, preparing contract amendments, drafting appointments and collateral warranties. He is particularly interested in the operation of construction guarantees and bonds and has advised clients on these.
Paul is an ADR Group accredited mediator (2001), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (1999) and an RIBA accredited adjudicator (1998). He is permitted to undertake public access work (2007) and regularly does so. He is an arbitrator under the Chartered Institute of Arbitrator’s BAS (Business Arbitration Scheme) and a TecBar approved adjudicator, mediator and arbitrator.
Though Paul’s practice as a mediator is substantially based on construction and property disputes, he has also mediated disputes in other sectors – general commercial (e.g. franchising, sale of goods and partnership), personal injury, probate / TOLATA and libel).
Fluent French and German with a good working knowledge (including written) of Spanish.
Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Adjudication Society and the Society of Construction Law.
“We would like to thank you for your valuable contribution you made toward the litigation we were recently exposed to. Your quick grasp … proved a real salve and we are both very grateful.”
“It was a pleasure meeting you yesterday and on behalf of this firm and the parties, may we take this opportunity of thanking you for your assistance and perseverance throughout the day.”
“Thanks go to you for your invaluable assistance!”
• A series of four adjudications relating to a ‘high end’ residential development in Surrey for overseas investors.
• A dispute, relating to the meaning of ‘material breach’ under a bespoke construction contract, proceeding in the TCC. • Advising a London-based supplier of ‘high end’ ‘custom’ cars in regard to a building defects’ claim and other possible claims against the project managers.
• Was a second adjudication decision enforceable or did it relate to a dispute that had previously been decided between the same parties in adjudication?
• Successful enforcement of the adjudicator’s decision in Wycombe Demolition Ltd v Topevent Ltd  EWHC 292 (TCC).
• Successful appeal against a Party Wall Act Award.